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England v Sri Lanka - 4th ODI

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  • Plenty cheering on England from the Nursery Ground.

    5/31/2014 2:42:13 PM
  • Over 10 - England 34/2 (Ballance 13, Root 8)
    Mathews into the attack to end the Powerplay with a maiden over. Fair to say it's gone Sri Lanka's way.
    5/31/2014 2:42:36 PM
  • Over 11 - England 38/2 (Ballance 15, Root 10)
    Senanayake a whisker away from bowling Ballance in his first over. Neither batsman looks entirely sure what's going on, but they do pick up four singles from the over.
    5/31/2014 2:46:35 PM
  • Over 12 - England 43/2 (Ballance 17, Root 13)
    Both batsmen pick up singles off the edge - a top-edged pull from Ballance, an inside edge from Root - before a thumping cut shot from Ballance is parried by a diving Dilshan at backward point to save three runs. Root nurdles to leg and scampers two.
    5/31/2014 2:50:35 PM
  • Over 13 - England 49/2 (Ballance 20, Root 16)
    Six singles off Senanayake's second over. The England ship just a tiny fraction steadier than it was half-an-hour ago.
    5/31/2014 2:53:57 PM
  • Over 14 - England 52/2 (Ballance 21, Root 18)
    Huge mix-up sees Ballance and Root both at the same end, but Dilshan throws at the end with two batsmen rather than none. Would still have run Root out with a direct hit, but he misses. Guaranteed wicket if he threw to the other end.
    5/31/2014 2:57:15 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] Joe Root is not happy – but all’s well that ends well. Even without the mix-up I think that would have been a very tight single.

    5/31/2014 2:57:43 PM
  • Panic over. Fresh strawberry supplies have arrived after Nasser's earlier onslaught...

    5/31/2014 2:57:56 PM
  • Over 15 - England 58/2 (Ballance 25, Root 20)
    Partnership starting to get going now. Senanayake again knocked about for ones and twos quite cannily by this Yorkshire pair.
    5/31/2014 3:01:31 PM
  • Over 16 - England 62/2 (Ballance 28, Root 21)
    Good cricket here as Ballance plays a delicate late cut but is denied a boundary by a superb diving stop on the rope. The partnership is past 50, and that will be drinks.
    5/31/2014 3:05:04 PM
  • FLINTOFF'S COMEBACK While drinks are taken, check out this video...
    5/31/2014 3:05:54 PM
  • Steady rebuilding from Ballance & Root after a poor start. 50 partnership up as England up to 62-2 after 16 overs.

  • Over 17 - England 66/2 (Ballance 29, Root 24)
    The Yorkshire-based steady recovery continues from Ballance and Root but at some point the required rate is going to have to come into their thoughts. It's up above seven an over now.
    5/31/2014 3:10:07 PM
  • Over 18 - England 71/2 (Ballance 33, Root 25)
    This pair hurrying and scurrying around at least. Boundaries aren't coming, but the ones and twos are arriving with just enough frequency for England to keep a slight foothold in the game. Five off Mendis' first over.
    5/31/2014 3:13:43 PM
  • Over 19 - England 76/2 (Ballance 36, Root 27)
    Five more singles from Priyanjan's first over. This partnership would be the very ideal kind of thing if England were chasing 250.
    5/31/2014 3:17:00 PM
  • Over 20 - England 80/2 (Ballance 29, Root 28)
    Spin bowler bowls over. Batsmen score some ones and twos off it. Just assume that's the case until told otherwise.
    5/31/2014 3:19:02 PM
  • Over 21 - England 85/2 (Ballance 40, Root 32)
    Batting like this is the reason Twenty20 was invented. That's not to particularly criticise Ballance and Root for what they're doing; just to observe that it's not particularly thrilling.
    5/31/2014 3:22:12 PM
  • Ticking over... Root (32*) and Ballance (40*) continue to accumulate. Eng 85-2 off 21. Blog:…

  • [nasserhussain] There have been no boundaries since the ninth over. It’s ok taking the easy runs but Sri Lanka will be quite happy for them to take singles. They’ve got Malinga with six overs up his sleeve.

    5/31/2014 3:25:03 PM
  • Hahaha.... I have no doubt that SL would prefer the win than see @MichaelVaughan naked
  • Over 22 - England 88/2 (Ballance 41, Root 34)
    Not sure how much longer England can bat like this given the target they're chasing. Already asking a lot of the hitters down the order.
    5/31/2014 3:25:15 PM
  • Beefy lavished praise on @josbuttler after the England man ALMOST won his side the ODI series against Sri Lanka:…
  • Report: Buttler's ton not enough for England as Sri Lanka win by 7 runs to level the series.

  • But Cookie's boys could still take the five-match series with victory in the final game on Tuesday. Watch it from 1.30pm on Sky Sports 2!
  • Watch: Mathews discusses his "relief" at Sri Lanka's victory.
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